Can You Vaccinate a Mosquito to Stop Malaria from Spreading?

Though we've made extraordinary progress over the past decade in reducing malaria deaths, the malaria parasite is rapidly becoming resistant to some of our best tools – drugs and insecticide sprays. Another tool to break the cycle of transmission could help tip the balance against malaria.

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Brazil’s Women Warriors Face New Challenge in Battle for Babassu Palm

Thirty years ago, the enemy was much easier to recognize and much easier to fight, says Dona Beliza Costa Souza, member of a union representing 350,000 rural women in northern and northeastern Brazil, who battle to protect the ubiquitous babassu palm trees that grow wild throughout the region.

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What’s Dental Therapy? A Profession!

It’s official: Dental therapy is a now a recognized profession, with national standards that create a path for training programs at colleges across the country. That’s according to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), the independent accrediting body for dentistry education programs in the United States.

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School Meals Are Healthier―and Kids’ Reactions Might Surprise You

This fall will mark the start of the fourth school year in which schools are using updated nutrition standards for school meals. Because the standards have been in place for a few years now, we’re starting to get research results about its progress. The verdict? Lots of good news.

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Your Cat Has Easier Access to Medical Records than You

Putting the patient at the center of his or her own care is becoming a reality as our health care delivery goes through major transitions. This is good news, but cats and dogs have had it this good long before us humans. Why is this?

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Common Enemy, Malaria, Brings Myanmar Together

A common foe led to an extraordinary summit this week in Washington, D.C. An array of high-ranking Myanmar government officials and ethnic minority and opposition groups from the Southeast Asian nation, who have been locked in violent conflict for nearly six decades, put aside their differences momentarily to join forces against a mutual enemy carried by a tiny mosquito: Malaria.

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Can Your Zip Code Determine How Long You Live?

When it comes to health, it’s not just about getting to the doctor and taking medications. Research increasingly shows us that where you live impacts your health.

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Vaccinating Against TB: At Home and Abroad

Recently Burness’ hometown of Bethesda, Maryland, became home to a disease most of us don’t associate with this part of the world: tuberculosis. The extensively drug-resistant kind.

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A Big Moment for the World’s Fight Against Malaria

The world’s leading malaria vaccine candidate crossed another milestone in a 30-year journey when it received a positive assessment from the European Medicines Agency for its use in protecting young children in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a tremendous scientific achievement.

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What Cecil’s Death Teaches Us

In the reporting of the killing of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe by an American poacher, we were reminded how much one story can make a difference and influence opinions and attitudes. Thousands and thousands of magnificent animals like Cecil are killed every year by poachers. Yet, we rarely hear about it or debate its morality at the water cooler. So why are we all so outraged, repulsed and moved to sadness about the fate of this lion?

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